Details of the New Zealand International Film Festival Best Short Film finalists revealed.As the NZ International Film Festival gears it for its annual blitz on the cinema going public, we're getting more details of what lies ahead for the some of the programme.
Here's the latest info:
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Six short films have been selected as the finalists in the inaugural NZIFF New Zealand’s Best Short Film Competition.
Guest selector and international filmmaker Roger Donaldson selected the six finalists from a shortlist of twelve. Festival programmers Bill Gosden and Michael McDonnell viewed 109 submissions to prepare the shortlist.
“All films show a very high standard of cinematography and production values. I am really impressed by the quality of the acting.
is obviously creating a large pool
of very talented people to draw on. I feel honoured to be part of the process
of helping choose the final programme.” says Guest Selector Roger Donaldson. New
The New Zealand’s Best programme will as part of the 2012 NZIFF and audiences will be asked to choose a winner by rating all six. A jury of three will select the winners of the $5000 Madman Entertainment Jury Prize and the $3000 Friends of the Civic Award. The winner of the Audience vote in
away 25% of the box office from the Festival screenings. Wellington
The finalists are:
NZ 2012. Director:
Hooper Producers: Heather Lee, Amber
Easby Screenplay: Matthew Harris. 9 mins Campbell
With several minutes before he hits the ground, a falling man reflects on his past and his immediate future.
“Great photography. Very original framing and concept.” – Roger Donaldson
Ellen Is Leaving
NZ 2012. Director: Michelle Savill Producers: Michelle Savill, Desray Armstrong Screenplay: Martha Hardy-Ward. 15 mins
Ellen is cool. She is recycling stuff before she heads overseas.
“I love how original it feels. The details of the travel pack put a real smile on my face. ” – Roger Donaldson
NZ 2012. Director: Thomas Gleeson Producers: Thomas Gleeson, Pip Walls. 11 mins
We watch a house take a road trip.
“A beautifully photographed minimalist documentary.” – Roger Donaldson
NZ 2012. Director/Screenplay: Sam Kelly Producer: Tom Hern. 15 mins
“Really captures a tough uncompromising world in a very compelling way. I loved the central character’s heroism. It reminded me of Once Were Warriors in the best possible way.” – Roger Donaldson
Milk & Honey
NZ 2012. Director/Screenplay: Marina Alofagia McCartney Producers: Angela Hicks, Marina Alofagia McCartney. 14 mins
This brief drama recalls the notorious dawn raids on Pasifika families.
“I lived in Ponsonby in the 70s and remember the events portrayed in this film. Very poignant.” – Roger Donaldson
NZ 2012. Director/Screenplay: Zia Mandviwalla Producers: Chelsea Winstanley, Matt Noonan. 14 mins
An airport cleaner has reason to keep to herself.
“I love this story – it feels so real and packs a real wallop.” – Roger Donaldson
The Festival will begin in
(19 July – August 5) and open simultaneously in Wellington
and Dunedin a week later (27 July – August 12),
(9 - 26 August). Further regional dates are being advised on the website as
they are confirmed. Christchurch
The Festival have already announced nine films including Peter Jackson-produced documentary West of Memphis, Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods, Bob Marley documentary Marley, and Lynn Sheldon’s Your Sister’s Sister (starring Emily Blunt) for the Festival from July.
Festival programmes will be available online and around town from June 26 in
Auckland, and June
29 in . Wellington